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"The Time Machine" By Herbert George Wells

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Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent, a few miles fromLondon, the son of a house-maid and gardener. Wells died in 1946, awealthy and famous author, having seen science fiction become arecognized literary form and having seen the world realize some ofscience fiction's fondest dreams and worst fears. Wells mother attemptedto find him a safe occupation as a draper or chemist.Wells had a quick mind and a good memory that enabled him to passsubjects by examination and win a scholarship to the Normal School ofScience, where he stayed for three years and, most importantly, wasexposed to biology under the famous Thomas H. Huxley. Wells went intoteaching and writing text books and articles for the magazines that wereof that time. In 1894 he began to write science-fiction stories. -JamesGunnWells vision of the future, with its troglodytic Morlocks descended fromthe working class of his day and the pretty but helpless Eloi devolvedfrom the leisure class, may seem antiquated political theory. It emergedout of the concern for social justice that drew Wells to the FabianSociety and inspired much of his later writing, but time has not dimmedthe fascination of the situation and the horror of the imagery.The Time Machine brought these concerns into his fiction. It, too,involved the future, but a future imagined with greater realism and ingreater detail than earlier stories of the future. It also introduced,for the first time in fiction, the notion of a machine for traveling intime.In this novel the "Time Machine" by H. G. Wells, starts with the timetraveler trying to persuade his guest's the theory of the fourthdimension and even the invention. He tries to explain the fourthdimension before he shows them the time machine so they don't think ofhim as a magician. H. G. Wells uses details about the fourth dimensionto teach the reader the theory about it to capture your attention. AlsoWells character the time traveler says "Scientific people", "Know verywell that time is only a kind of space". In this quote he is clearlyusing persuasion tactics. He tries to attack there consious by sayingthat, scientific people know that this is only a kind of space. He saysthis in hopes that they will believe what he says just because otherintelligent people believe the theory. This is a very primitive butstill an effective way to try to persuade people. The idea is "becausemany people believe it, so it must be true". The people he is trying topersuade are of 19th century thinking and well to do people and they arecompetitive amongst other well to do people so if other rich andintelligent people believe this fourth dimension theory so the timetraveler hopes this will motivate them to learn about it.The Characters in the book Time Machine are The time traveler, Filby,the psychologist, and the provincial mayor. Later the silent man and theeditor come in to play. Filby is described as "an argumentative personwith red hair". He has another label that Wells puts on him;...

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